D-Day-4 -> Friday, Jun 3rd 6:30 pm: After checking the thermometer reading of 85 deg F, we decide to turn on the air conditioner at home for the first time this year. Making sure the circuit breaker is on, changed thermostat setting to ‘Cool’ and set temperature at 77 deg F. Felt the cool air flowing in through the vents. We go down to the basement to watch a movie.
9 pm -> Come up to see the temperature hasn’t changed. Feel the not-cool air flowing in. Switch off the AC, open all windows, deciding to investigate the next day
D-Day-3 -> Saturday, Jun 4th 10 am: While talking to uncle on phone, get some tips on what to check. Realize the air-filter was aligned in wrong direction. Correcting that made the cool air flow in again, but only for 10 mins. Go out to check the air-conditioner unit is functioning or not. Don’t see the fan moving. Decide to shut off the AC completely and call the heating/AC guys on Monday. Not ready to pay for emergency visit.
D-Day-1 -> Monday, Jun 6th 7 am: Woke up to a temperature of 86 deg F. Call the heating/AC shop at 8. Get an appointment for a technician to come out at 8:30 am on Tuesday.
6 pm -> Reach home from work to temperatures of 95 deg F. There is a wind, but all humid and sultry. It is heavy with moisture. Resolve not to spend a single unnecessary minute upstairs. Hunker down in the basement, which is at least 12 to 15 degrees cooler. We sleep in the guest bedroom.
D-Day -> Tuesday Jun 7th, 8:30 am: Technician comes, asks me to turn the AC on, unscrews the cover of the air-conditioning unit and promptly declares that the motor of the fan is the culprit. Calls his shop to see if a replacement is available. Answer is no. Replacement will have to be ordered and will take 2-3 days. I ask him to order it. The tech charges $122 for the 20 minute visit (standard) and leaves. The replacement motor and labour would cost another $350.
Since it is already almost 9, and I have a meeting from 9, go down and start working, thinking I might still make it to work at lunch. No luck with that, things pile up and before I know it, its past noon. I go upstairs to get some food and notice the temperature is hovering just below 100. Haven’t seen a 100 deg F (38 deg C) in the Cities, so am very excited.
4 pm -> Go up again for a break. That is when I see this!
Check weather.com and at 5 pm we are supposed to touch 104 deg F (40 deg C). Holy crap! I’ve lived in places where summer temperatures reach 50 deg C (122 deg F) so I’m not too perturbed, but in a place where you get to see winter temperatures of -40, 103 is a tad too much.
Ah, and did mention that I had a full-field, outdoor football (soccer) game from 7 pm the same day? Well, I did play. Reminded me of playing in 40 deg C tournament in high school.
Eventually we did touch a high of 103, a 23-year old record.
Fast forward to Day-D + 5 -> Sunday Jun 12, 4 am: Wake up shivering, cold draft blowing through the house. The temperature is 47 deg F (8 deg C).
Welcome to Minnesota.